Flood incidents and advice
Nine of these incidents were in Herefordshire and eight were in Worcestershire and involved either motorists stranded in their vehicles in flood water or residents with flood water in their properties.
Fire crews and Water First Responders helped rescue the occupants of nine vehicles stranded in flood water (one in Hereford, one in Redditch, one in Leominster, two in Tenbury, one in Eardisley and three in Leintwardine).
They assisted seven properties (two in Worcester, one in Bewdley, one in Upton-upon-Severn, one in Kington and two in Kingsland) that had been affected by flood water. Fire crews also rescued a dog stationary on debris in flood water in Worcester.
Station Commander Alan Haley from the Community Safety department, HWFRS said: “The forecast is for more rain and we would urge motorists to be extra vigilant while the current conditions continue”.
He continued “Please use common sense and follow our simple advice. Stay alert to local weather and news reports and if your local area is experiencing flooding it’s advisable to leave any non-essential travel until any flooding has subsided”.
HWFRS has provided the following flood advice:
- For up to date flood watch information please call Floodline on 0845 988 1188 (24 hour line)
- If you know your home is at risk of flooding, prepare a list of useful phone numbers and keep it somewhere safe
- If your home does begin to flood, turn off your electricity supply, and do not touch any sources of electricity such as switches or appliances when you are standing in flood water
- If you have an elderly or vulnerable family member or neighbour who is at risk of flooding, contact them to ensure they are prepared and know what to do should their home flood
- Don’t try to drive through standing water - as well as the water damaging your car, there may be hazards under the water you can’t see
- Listen out for warnings on radio and TV.